The Canucks star goaltender has been traded and is going back to the Florida Panthers. Roberto Luongo last played for the Panthers in 2006.

The Canucks will supposedly receive goalie Jacob Markstrom from the Panthers as well as forward Shawn Matthias in return.

Although Markstrom is a good young talent, he doesn't meet the skill level of Luongo quite yet and has no NHL playoff experience whatsoever. 

Last year many believed that the Canucks were planning on moving forward with Cory Schneider as their starting goalie but after Schneider was traded to the New Jersey Devils, Luongo assumed responsibility of the spot he has had on the team for years.

This trade may come as a surprise to some but Luongo had previously expressed an interest of going back to the Panthers.

Roberto Luongo made it to the Stanley Cup Finals once in 2011 where the Canucks lost to the Bruins in seven games.

Interestingly enough, Luongo will now be on the same team as his rival from the 2011 finals, former Bruins goaltender, Tim Thomas.

Luongo made his second appearance with team Canada in the Sochi Winter Olympics, this time as a back up. He played just one game in these Olympics and has won the gold medal in consecutive Olympic games. 

We will have to wait and see what the Canucks plan on doing with Ryan Kesler as well before tomorrow's trade deadline, with such quality in the Western Conference it's possible that Vancouver may have their minds on a re-build.

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